The 2014 Tennis Show Kicks Off US Open With the Hottest New Gear, Technology and Products

All of the major tennis manufacturers, along with dozens of other companies and organizations, will show off their newest tennis technology, gear, apparel, equipment and services at the 2014 Tennis Show—the largest industry-only gathering for the tennis trade. The Tennis Show and TIA Tennis Forum will be on Aug. 24 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

The Tennis Forum will be from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. in Salon V at the Grand Hyatt. The Tennis Show will be from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Manhattan Ballroom. (Media is invited to a special closed reception with Tennis Show exhibitors to preview the latest racquets, innovative footwear, stylish apparel and more that will debut at the US Open and beyond. See below.)

Held in conjunction with the Tennis Teachers Conference and on the eve of the 2014 US Open, The Tennis Show 2014 celebrates the business of tennis and is geared toward teaching professionals, coaches, retailers, facility owners/managers, manufacturers and players. The Tennis Show includes the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum and the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction.

The 6th Annual TIA Tennis Forum includes the latest news about the state of the industry, including participation, equipment sales data, grassroots initiatives, Youth Tennis, and more. Tennis participation is on the rise as the industry continues a collaborative focus on growing the game, especially among the youth demographic. In 2013, tennis was the only traditional sport to be listed in the Top 10 in terms of participant growth, according to the Physical Activity Council's 2014 Participation Report. In a challenging overall economy the last few years, the value of the “tennis economy” remained stable in 2013 at $5.55 billion.

The Forum concludes with the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction of industry pioneer and former TIA President Jim Baugh. (Plaques of Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees, including Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer, are on permanent display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.)

Following the Forum, The Tennis Show, which is managed by the TIA, highlights the newest gear, products, technology and services from more than 50 companies and organizations. In addition, participating companies contributed merchandise and services worth more than $10,000 to prize drawings.

“We’re thrilled with the response received from the industry and attendees of The Tennis Show, as exhibitors were able to showcase their latest innovative products and services and network with each other and tennis providers,” said TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “Events such as The Tennis Show will help to continue moving this sport and industry forward.”

All event attendees also receive a link to their own Tennis Show “Virtual Event Bag,” easily viewable across all digital devices. The TIA partnered with VirtualEventBags.com to provide show attendees and others the opportunity to view, save and redeem offers from exhibitors along with many companies and organizations that were unable to exhibit at the sold-out Tennis Show. Visit TennisShow.com to register for the Virtual Event Bag.

More than 50 tennis businesses and organizations are exhibiting at The Tennis Show 2014. The list of exhibitors is at TennisShow.com.

FOR MEDIA ONLY: To attend the Tennis Show and Forum, and/or the special media preview at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, contact Peter Francesconi at peter@tennisindustry.org or 203-263-5243.